Wednesday Words & Woes: Words That DO Exist

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It is way too hot to think heavy thoughts here in the northeast part of the U.S. We are sweltering under extremely high temps and humidity. So for today’s post, I pulled a page out of my American Grammar long program — a fun one.

I created this six-hour program more than ten years ago, and none of these words existed, except in humorous situations. But now, every one of them is at least mentioned in online dictionaries. A couple are even mentioned in regular, “proper” online dictionaries.

Yes, dear readers — languages do evolve, faster now due to the Internet, no doubt. Words travel the world at lightning speed, and these few that I offer here deserve a place in our writing — if we’re being light-hearted and having fun.

  1. Ginormous (adj): bigger than gigantic and bigger than enormous
  2. Confuzzled (adj): confused and puzzled at the same time
  3. Woot (interj): an exclamation of joy or excitement
  4. Chillax (v): chill out/relax; hang out with friends
  5. Gription (n): the purchase gained by friction: “My car needs new tires because the old ones have lost their gription.”
  6. Phonecrastinate (v): to put off answering the phone until caller ID displays the incoming name and number
  7. Slickery (adj): having a surface that is wet and icy
  8. Snirt (n): snow that is dirty, often seen by the side of roads and parking lots that have been plowed
  9. Quackmire (n): muddy edges of a duck pond
  10. Sinspire (v): to compel one to be creatively wicked